I had acne as a teenager, was on Accutane at 12, and went on hormonal birth control when I was 15. About 2 years ago I went off birth control because I was sick of the mood swings and I got worse migraines when I was on it. A few months of being off the hormones and my skin basically erupted like nothing I've ever seen before. I've literally never seen worse acne on anyone, including most of the pictures here. It was incredibly painful and it was so horrible and debilitating that I was basically suicidal. I tried everything short of prescriptions (because I didn't have insurance, and had no luck with them when I was younger), including over the counter remedies, herbal remedies, diet, exercise, anti-Candida diet and pills, probiotics, antibiotics, steaming, etc. It was pretty clear to me that my problem was hormonal. I didn't want to go back on hormonal birth control, but once my skin started to scar permanently I'd had enough and went back on Nuvaring. Sure enough, my skin completely cleared up almost immediately. Now, the doctor just took me off hormonal birth control because I get migraines with aura. According to her I never should've been on it in the first place because of the increased risk of blood clot and stroke for people with migraine + aura. She couldn't believe I'd been on it for 12 years and that so many different doctors allowed me to be. I'm glad she caught it and obviously wouldn't want to be on it if its dangerous, but she put me on a progestin only pill which won't help my skin at all, so I'm back to square one here and don't know what to do.
Does anyone have a similar experience with horrible acne after going off birth control or other hormonal issues? I'd love to hear about it and anything that has helped hormonal acne that isn't combination birth control.
Does anyone here have PCOS? My mom has it and the doctor thinks I might also. She gave me referrals to get that checked out but I don't have health insurance (I'm trying to get it and it's been a nightmare, so pretty please, if your only advice is get insurance and go to a doctor, no need to comment, I'm trying) so that will be difficult. But I'm curious to know people's experiences with PCOS, drugs like Metformin, or any experience managing PCOS in other ways?
Several people have suggested to me that being on hormonal birth control for so long, and especially starting at such a young age, has made my body unable to regulate its own hormones. People have told me I need to basically wait it out until my body is able to balance my hormones on its own. Does anyone have any experience with this or medical knowledge about whether or not this is really "a thing"? I've met women who had terrible skin going off birth control and said it took 2 years for it to level out on its own. The thing that scares me most about that is the scarring, since my skin was already starting to scar after just a few months and these women had fairly noticeable scarring.
Are there any other hormonal conditions besides PCOS that anyone knows of that could be causing this? I'm grasping at straws here but really want to find any viable solutions and game plans before all this hits the fan again.
Thanks In advance, everyone.
Edited by mammasay, 21 January 2014 - 02:31 PM.